Their condition have been blamed on long hours of sitting and their inability to have regular medical checks due to the nature of their jobs, medical officials from the Ministry of Health and the Ga South Municipal Hospital have said.
This came to light when the Philipa Baafi Foundation organised a free health screening at the Dome Market for the traders.
More than 500 people were screened for blood pressure, glucose/sugar level, malaria and body mass index (BMI) which are noted to be the common ailments among a number of market women.
Others were given physiotherapy treatment by the popular gospel musician, Philipa Baafi who is a physiotherapist.
Condition of two of the traders was very high to the extent that the medical team suggested they be taken to hospital in a waiting ambulance for medical attention but they declined the offer.
Dr Sena from the Ministry of Health observed, “most of the people screened were very much aware of their condition but were not prepared to seek further medical attention.
“The traders refused to be taken to the hospital because they claim there will be nobody to take care of their wares and again they needed to sell to get their daily bread,” the doctor added.
Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya and Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, told the traders to take their health serious since that is the only they can live longer and healthy.She assured them that the government would never abandon them in their quest to have their share of the national cake, noting the government will soon role out soft loans scheme to enable them expand their business.
Ms Adwoa Sarfo charged the traders to ensure that the market is always kept clean to prevent diseases.
Hundreds of traders, shoppers and passersby trooped to the Dome Market of the Ga East Municipality for the screening exercise dubbed “How Well Are You”.
It was organised by the foundation of the popular gospel musician, Philipa Baafi, with support from MTN, GOIL Ghana Limited, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals, Anadwo Ye De Mosquito Coil, Tinatette Herbal.
The event was also used to entertain the patrons with Philipa Baafi, performing some of her hit songs